Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday - Saturday:
1) Franklin Public Schools spending disease permeating into City Hall
2) Bo Knows...Franklin?
3) Photos of the Week (08/24/14)
4) Culinary no-no #390
5) Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: "Remember when the circus came to town..."
6) Tax Hell has frozen over
7) Great Packer announcer is dead
8) The latest pro-life news (08/25/14)
9) UPDATE: Is there something in the water in Greendale?
10) A guaranteed outstanding talk radio
“If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further,” (Warren) Buffett said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour” that is scheduled to air on Nov. 28. “But I think that people at the high end -- people like myself -- should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we’ve ever had it.”
Warren Buffett wrote in a guest column in the NY Times:
“But for those making more than $1 million — there were 236,883 such households in 2009 — I would raise rates immediately on taxable income in excess of $1 million, including, of course, dividends and capital gains. And for those who make $10 million or more — there were 8,274 in 2009 — I would suggest an additional increase in rate."
Warren Buffett is an extremely wealthy man.
He’s also a big time liberal.
And it appears he’s a hypocrite with a capital “H”.
In one of the biggest, most talked about news stories of the past week, Miami-based Burger King confirmed on Tuesday plans to buy Tim Hortons for about $11 billion. According to the company’s website, “The Tim Hortons chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario. The chain's focus on top quality, always fresh product, value, great service and community leadership has allowed it to grow into the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada specializing in always fresh coffee, baked goods and homestyle lunches.”
Burger King’s proposed acquisition would establish a new fast-food giant that will be based in Canada. The potential move drew even greater attention to “inversions.”
In an inversion, a U.S. firm relocates—usually through a merger with a smaller company—to a country where tax rates and rules are considered to be friendlier. The firm is still managed from the U.S.
Steven Hayward writes on Power Line, “American corporations buy foreign companies and ‘relocate’ their headquarters to a foreign nation to lower their corporate income taxes. Kind of like what rich northeasterners do when they retire and move to Florida (no personal income tax), or as any number of American companies have done by moving to Texas (lower taxes and less nonsense of every other kind).”
Totally legit. Completely legal. Been going on for a long time. Forty-seven U.S. companies have shifted headquarters abroad in the past 10 years at least, in part, to avoid paying U.S. taxes — a more than 60 percent jump compared to the prior two decades combined, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. And one of the major reasons there's been a wave of "inversions" in America is quite simple:
1) Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City August 26, 2014. Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a Gaza ceasefire, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
2) People gather around a man suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in one of the main streets on the outskirts of the city center of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The Ebola virus has the “upper hand” in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official has said, but experts have the tools to stop it. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
3) In this aerial photo made available by the Turkish Military, some 6,000 people form a large portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey at his mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Aug. 26, 1922 was the final phase of Turkey's War of Independence led by Ataturk himself. (AP Photo/Turkish Military)
4) Lesley McSpadden (R) and Michael Brown Sr. (L), parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown, arrive to take part in their son's funeral services at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri, August 25, 2014. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
5) Nina Quidit cleans up the Dollar Plus and Party Supplies Store in American Canyon Calif. after an earthquake last Sunday Aug. 24, 2014. Quidit and her husband were woken up in the early morning hours by the store's alarm company and immediately drove in to begin clean up. The 6.0-magnitude quake caused six significant fires, including at four mobile homes, Napa Division Fire Chief Darren Drake said. (AP Photo/Alex Washburn)
6) Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of last Sunday's earthquake. The earthquake couldn't have come at a worse time for the region, which has just started harvesting the 2014 crop. "It's devastating. I've never seen anything like this," said Tom Montgomery, a winemaker for B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, California. The epicenter of the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California, the strongest in the area in 25 years, was just six miles southwest of Napa, California, the center of California's winemaking region. B.R. Cohn lost "as much as 50 percent" of its wine, Montgomery said. The winery focuses on high-end, single estate wines that retail between $40 and $100 a bottle. "It's not just good wine we lost, it's our best wine," he said. Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
7) Large waves generated by Hurricane Marie knocked out Cove House Lifeguard Administrative Building in Point Mugu, California, Thursday. Waves up to 15 feet high hit Southern California beaches. Photo: MARIO ANZUONI / Reuters
8) A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths. Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. There have been no reports of injuries. Photo: OLIVER BLUETT / AFP - Getty Images
9) A swarm of locusts invaded the center of Madagascar's capital city on Thursday, as clouds of insects darkened the skyline of Antananarivo. A locust plague that began over two years ago threatens the food security and livelihoods of 13 million residents of the Indian Ocean island. Photo: RIJASOLO / AFP - Getty Images
10) One-month-old triplet panda cubs receive a body check at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. China announced the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country's artificial breeding program. The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
11) The Franklin High School Varsity Football Team runs on to the school's new field before the start of the game against Greendale at Franklin High School Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Franklin, Wisconsin. Greendale spoiled the debut of the field, winning 31-14. Photo: Peter Zuzga
12) As Wisconsin was getting ready to face LSU in Houston, Badgers fans joined in 'Varsity' during a pregame tailgate that benefits JJ Watt’s foundation. Watt is a former Badger and currently plays for the Houston Texans. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood
13) Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon dives into the end zone for a second quarter touchdown against LSU at NRG Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo: M.P. KING -- WI State Journal
14) LSU running back Kenny Hilliard beats UW cornerback Peniel Jean to the end zone on the winning 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU beat Wisconsin, 28-24. Wisconsin blew a 17-point lead in the second half. Photo: M.P. KING -- WI State Journal
15) Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon walks off the field after the Badgers' loss to LSU at NRG Stadium in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Photo: M.P. KING -- State Journal
16) Joanna Parker celebrates finishing in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships at Waen Rhydd bog on the outskirts of LLanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales August 24, 2014. The annual event, where competitors swim in a marshy trench with flippers and a snorkel, brings together participants from all over the world, including France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada. (REUTERS/Rebecca Naden)
17) Hurricane Marie brought much higher than normal surf, sending surfers and body-boarders to catch the waves in Southern California. A boogieboarder rides a wave at "The Wedge" in Newport Beach. Photo: Chris Carlson / AP
18) Israeli couple Noga and Moshiko Siho have their wedding portrait taken in an army staging area on the Israel-Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, on Aug. 27. Photo: Oded Balilty / AP
19) The "Playa and the Man" installation stands during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on Aug. 28, 2014. Over 65,000 people from all over the world have gathered at the sold out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. Rosanne Ziering and Alison Cooper relax on the "Playa" during Burning Man on Aug. 28. Photos: Jim Urquhart / Reuters
20) The streets of Bunol, Spain, were awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelted each other with tomatoes during the annual La Tomatina festival. Here, a man lays in a puddle of squashed tomatoes. During the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants. A stream of buses brought tourists from all over the world to the fiesta that is often chosen by thrill seekers who view it as more survivable and family friendly option than the traditional summer running of the bulls. Photo: Alberto Saiz / AP
Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree).
Don't Ransom Journalists
One day in 2007, I was being shown my bedroom at the Washington Post’s bureau and house in Baghdad, where I was spending some time covering the U.S. military side of the war. I noticed an old AK-47 rifle leaning against the wall near the door of my room. The Post’s local security chief, a tough-minded Iraqi, explained that it was for me to use “if they come into the house.” When I heard “them” come upstairs, he advised, I should fire most of the weapon’s magazine through the door, which might hold them off for a few minutes. But, he added, “save one for yourself.”
I recalled that bracing exchange when I read the news last week of the murder of reporter and photographer James Foley by Islamic extremists in Syria.
Why Officer Wilson Probably Won’t Go to Jail
The history of criminal investigations of police shootings drives home how unlikely it is for an officer to be convicted of a crime for using deadly force. While hard numbers are difficult to come by, we know that police shoot hundreds of people each year and there are at most a handful of successful criminal charges. For better or worse, a variety of legal and cultural elements make criminal accountability uncommon for police officers who kill.
Blacks Must Confront Reality
Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn't, then effective solutions will be elusive forever.
A Problem Bigger than Ferguson
Perhaps it would be useful to examine the tragedy with the facts on the table rather than through the lenses of hypersensitized emotions stimulated by those attempting to exploit the situation.
Dear Millennials: Hollywood, Your Favorite Bands, and Your College Professors Have Been Lying To You About Life
Not only have most of these kids never been told the truth about how the world works, they've been told that anyone who even tries to tell them the truth should be immediately tuned out because they're boring, mean and "uncool."
The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roomates Saved Over $55,000
Over their first bottle of wine as roommates, they questioned their need for the objects that had drained their bank accounts, and, on a whim, decided to spend a year not buying anything.
Ending the Starbucks ‘Pay-It-Forward’ Cult, for America
Peter Schorsch did something for our nation that took courage and conviction. He knew he’d be assaulted for it, and he did it anyway and then stood by his actions. Even bragged about it. He held to his convictions and said he’d do it again, no matter how unpopular it made him. Peter Schorsch did what we all thought about doing but didn’t have the guts.
On Window Fans and Air Conditioning
Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold.